Putin's dinner with Michael Flynn: 'I didn't even really talk to him'


"I haven't seen even once any direct proof of Russian interference in the presidential election in the United States", Putin told Kelly through a translator.

USA needs to stop interfering in other countries' internal affairs and to change its own electoral legislation, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with us journalist Megyn Kelly, which the NBC aired on Sunday.

Putin's comments come days before former FBI Director James Comey is due to testify before Congress.

There is no "direct" proof that Russian Federation interfered in last year's USA presidential election, President Vladimir Putin said Monday.

"[Internet protocol] addresses can be invented - a child can do that", he told NBC News correspondent Megyn Kelly, who asked Putin about the US intelligence community's assessment that he gave at least tacit approval for the hacks.

President Vladimir Putin in an interview Sunday, bluntly denied having any information on Trump that couldimplicate the US President, calling it "a load of nonsense".

After all, why would anyone think a man who spent years as a KGB foreign intelligence officer might gather information on powerful foreign business leaders when they are in his backyard?

Comey, who was leading the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into alleged Russian meddling in last year's U.S. presidential election, was sacked by Mr Trump last month, four years into his 10-year term. Even though there was a time when Trump went to Moscow "I never met with him". And afterwards I was told, "You know there was an American gentleman, he was involved in some things". You people over there ... good job.

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Kelly pressed Putin on whether he has any dossier or embarrassing dirt on President Trump that could be used to blackmail the commander-in-chief. "If Mr Flynn and I had this kind of interaction, while you and I, we have spent an entire day together, and Mr Flynn was sacked from his job, you then should be arrested and put in jail", the president joked. That's complete nonsense. Do you even understand what you're asking or not?

Flynn's ties to Moscow are under scrutiny in the United States amid allegations of possible Russian interference in the 2016 election. Although they chatted a bit, he said, he was unaware Flynn had been a government official until after he left.

"When I came to the event for our company, Russia Today, and sat down at the table, next to me there was a gentleman sitting on one side", Putin said.

Russian Federation is ready to listen to comments that are constructive with the goal of establishing a relationship "but we will absolutely not accept when these sorts of things are used as an instrument of political conflict", he said.

"And they aren't analyzing the information in its entirety", he said. The public hearing is expected to shed light on his private conversations with Mr Trump in the weeks before his dismissal, including any discussion about the Flynn investigation.

When the Senate intelligence committee in May demanded that Flynn provide a list of any contacts with Russian officials during the presidential campaign and transition, Flynn invoked his constitutional right against self-incrimination and refused.

"I'm being completely honest with you", Putin said.

In his letter firing Comey, Trump said the former FBI director had informed him "on three separate occasions that I am not under investigation". Do you think I have the time to talk to our ambassadors all over the world every day?